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  • On the story, “Create a roadmap for proper pump maintenance:”
    “A helpful guide to anyone maintaining a pump but one very important detail is missing: Driver to pump shaft alignment. The better the alignment the less wear and tear on the motor bearings, pump bearings and you'll get better service life from your mechanical seal if your pump is so equipped. Our rule of thumb for alignment is 0.003” offset and angular for 3,600 rpm and 0.005” offset and angular for 1,800 rpm.”

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    “Although I agree with the ROI with wireless systems, I would have to add that there are security issues with wireless systems. Control Engineering's April 2007 issue lists the top 10 control system security threats based on work done by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Anyone providing ROI estimates for using wireless devices within their facility needs to take into consideration the added cost of maintaining security.”

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